St. Patrick's Day was established as a way to recognize Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Originally a religious holiday, it is now practiced on March 17th by many people throughout the world with food, drink and all things green. Though history saw celebrations of feasts in his honor, St. Patrick's Day was not officially recognized until 1976. Saint Patrick has been credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. There seem to be multiple origin stories for St. Patrick's Day, but:
Most sources agree that St. Patrick's actual name was Maewyn Succat. They also agree that Maewyn was kidnapped and sold into slavery at age 16 and, to help him endure his enslavement, he turned to God.
Six years after his captivity began, St. Patrick escaped from slavery to France, where he became a priest, and then the second Bishop to Ireland. He spent the next 30 years establishing schools, churches, and monasteries across the country. He brought Christianity widespread acceptance amongst the pagan indigenous peoples.
It is thought that St. Patrick used a shamrock as a metaphor for the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), showing how three individual units could be part of the same body. His parishioners began wearing shamrocks to his church services. Today, "the wearing of the green" on St. Patrick's Day represents spring, shamrocks, and Ireland.
The date of St. Patrick's death is still up for discussion. Some say that he died on March 17th, 461 AD. Another possibility is either March 8th or 9th - the days were added together to get March 17th. What is certain is that the holiday came to America in 1737, and was celebrated in Boston that year.
Go green. You don't have to wear a sweater with a giant shamrock on it.(Though that would certainly help you stand out.)
The great thing about this holiday is you are free to go as subtle or as wild as you like. Consider the following suggestions when picking out something to wear: (see related warnings regarding what to wear)
An all green t-shirt
Funny St. Patrick's Day-related sayings
A t-shirt screen-printed with Irish beer monikers
Green-striped polo or collared shirt (for you professionals out there)
Leprechaun costume or your own creation for those who are feeling particularly festive
It is a tradition in Ireland for all attending parades and generally celebrating to wear a small collection of Shamrock fastened by a clothes pin to your top (in the same place as a badge would be worn)
Consider a corporate event party celebration. If you aren't a fan of the bar scene but still want to celebrate, invite some clients or business partners over and have a St. Patrick's Day themed party. Insist that everyone wear green or just have them come as they are and chill out with a few beers. Consider starting a tradition, serving corned beef and cabbage or Irish stew with colcannon (mashed potatoes and cabbage). A party favorcan be distributed for this simple event. It can also be your chance of promoting your business through business giftswhere your company's logo and name is imprinted. What a very unique idea to have fun with all of them and promoting your business as well through your business gift favors.